Frankie, you’re free at last.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have sent defenceman Frank Corrado to the Pittsburgh Penguins before the trade deadline in exchange for forward Eric Fehr, defenceman Steve Oleksy, and a fourth-round draft pick.
Corrado, who never seemed to be in head coach Mike Babcock’s good books, is off to a new organization, where he can hopefully prove himself.
To fully understand this deal from a Leafs perspective, you have to understand the ramifications of the upcoming expansion draft.
Toronto needed to acquire another veteran player to expose, and Fehr satisfies that.
— Dave McCarthy (@DaveAMcCarthy) March 1, 2017
Fehr, a 12-year veteran, has 11 points (6-5-11) in 52 games with Pittsburgh this season.
#Leafs entered day with 49 contracts. One reason why they wouldn't have just grabbed Fehr off waivers, despite plenty of cap space.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 1, 2017
Toronto could have grabbed Fehr off waivers, but elected not to because they were approaching the 50-contract limit.
Oleksy is a 31-year-old defenceman with 73 career NHL games on his resume. He has split his time this season between Pittsburgh and their AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Leafs will get back to action on Thursday in Los Angeles, the second game of their three-game Californian road trip.